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CALENDAR ITEM: Anatomy Professor to Speak at Corps of Discovery Lecture

September 6th, 2011

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: The University of Missouri hosts its eighth annual 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture featuring Carol V. Ward, an integrative anatomy professor at MU. Since 2004, MU has hosted discovery lectures featuring some of the most innovative minds of this century to commemorate the contributions of the Lewis and Clark expedition and unite the MU community at the beginning of each academic year.

Ward will discuss how a sudden burst in fossil discoveries has provided a better understanding of humans’ evolutionary past. Her research focuses on the evolution of humans, apes and monkeys using fossils from East and South Africa. Recently, Ward has studied a 3.2 million-year-old foot bone from a species known as “Lucy,” which led to the discovery of the origin of the arch in foot bones today.

WHO: Carol V. Ward, professor of integrative anatomy in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the MU School of Medicine.

WHEN &WHERE: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union South

MU Campus

NOTE: An ice cream social will follow the lecture.